Yeah, because drugs are eye opening and people that take mushrooms never do any of those things...no wait...
Drugs, alcohol, sex, overwork, liberal politics, parasitic social scenes, hobbies that involve collecting things, and mindless religion are the best possible ways to waste your life AND have negative consequences on those around you. Avoid.
Funny thing is, most of those things would be avoided if people took just one magic mushroom each year.
They've also effectively legalized marijuana and ecstasy, which aren't hallucinogens. I'm not sure what their logic is there. I consider both those drugs more harmful than hallicinogens but probably less harmful than alcohol. And the Czechs would probably tear down parliament if alcohol was banned.
I can't think of a more irritating myth. There's a NEGATIVE correlation between drugs and creativity (and critical thinking obviously).
Why does it annoy you and how do you know there is a negative correlation? Have you taken any hallucinogens or had experience with people who have? I'd just like to know where your opinion came from. Mine came from personal experience and there's a good amount of reasoning behind it. I'd like to hear your reasoning too.
"The handful of studies that have involved use of these drugs suggests that, again in direct opposition to conventional wisdom, creativity gains no positive benefit from drug use. Indeed, long-term or heavy use of these drugs may have a detrimental effect on creative production."
No, I have not taken any drugs minus mild analgesics and flu medicine (and I try and avoid the latter two), and I can count the amount of times I've been drunk on one hand. Anecdotal: My experience with drug users is almost negative, they are anti-intellectual and often closed minded ("whoa man, that's not a cool idea").
People seem to think that because creative artist or original person X did drugs, that they must of been creative for that reason. I'm pretty sure that Beethoven wasn't doing pot when he wrote the ninth or that Goethe was tripping on mushrooms while writing Faust. In fact, it seems like the quality of music and literature has downgraded since drugs became more mainstream (not implying causality). Perhaps relative absence of drug use in the early black metal scene is one of the reasons for it's quality and originality.
Reading Nietzsche or listening to Burzum for a few hours is far more "eye opening" than getting high and craving cookies. Good luck critically thinking about morality when you're completely wasted.
Also, all that article demonstrates is a correlation between creativity and psychopathology, there's another study documenting this. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/display/article/10168/52456